A person working as an Executive Chef in South Africa typically earns around 29,600 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 14,500 ZAR (lowest) to 46,200 ZAR (highest).
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Executive Chef salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Executive Chef salaries in South Africa range from 14,500 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 46,200 ZAR per month (maximum salary).
The median salary is 30,200 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Executive Chef(s) are earning less than 30,200 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 30,200 ZAR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.
Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Executive Chef(s) are earning less than 20,100 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 20,100 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Executive Chef(s) are earning less than 39,000 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 39,000 ZAR.
Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary
The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Executive Chef salaries by experience level and this is what we found.
An Executive Chef with less than two years of experience makes approximately 17,200 ZAR per month.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 22,100 ZAR per month, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.
Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 30,500 ZAR per month, 38% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Executive Chef(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 37,800 ZAR per month, 24% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.
If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 40,500 ZAR per month, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.
Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 43,200 ZAR per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+29%|
|5 - 10 Years||+38%|
|10 - 15 Years||+24%|
|15 - 20 Years||+7%|
We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Executive Chef salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.
When the education level is High School, the average salary of an Executive Chef is 24,300 ZAR per month.
While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 40,200 ZAR per month, 65% more than someone having a High School degree.
|Certificate or Diploma||+65%|
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Executive Chef employees in South Africa earn 11% more than their female counterparts.
Executive Chef(s) in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 19 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 months.
The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.
The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency
Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in South Africa for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.
An Executive Chef is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.
45% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 55% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.
Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% of their annual salary.
The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.Company Performance Bonuses
Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.Goal-Based Bonuses
Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.Holiday / End of Year Bonuses
These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.
People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting Cast|
Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.
Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.
Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.
Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Executive Chef employees in South Africa earn 7% more than their private sector counterparts.
|Average Salary 2016|
|Average Salary 2017||+4%|
|Average Salary 2018||+3%|
|Average Salary 2019||+2%|
Executive Chef salaries in South Africa are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.
The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.
The average salary for Executive Chef is 14% more than that of Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering. Also, Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries are 18% less than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|All Rounder||25,500 ZAR||-14%|
|Assistant Executive Housekeeper||19,700 ZAR||-33%|
|Assistant Food and Beverage Director||37,500 ZAR||+27%|
|Assistant Hospitality Manager||39,100 ZAR||+32%|
|Assistant Storekeeper||16,600 ZAR||-44%|
|Assistant Tour Manager||28,700 ZAR||-3%|
|Baker and Pastrycook||21,300 ZAR||-28%|
|Bakery Manager||31,000 ZAR||+5%|
|Bakery Superintendent||25,900 ZAR||-13%|
|Banquet Manager||26,400 ZAR||-11%|
|Banquet Server||19,300 ZAR||-35%|
|Bar Attendant||21,800 ZAR||-26%|
|Bar Manager||32,800 ZAR||+11%|
|Bar Supervisor||25,300 ZAR||-15%|
|Beverage Manager||31,900 ZAR||+8%|
|Bistro Attendant||19,700 ZAR||-33%|
|Buffet Chef||29,200 ZAR||-1%|
|Buffet Host||18,900 ZAR||-36%|
|Buffet Manager||31,100 ZAR||+5%|
|Butcher and Slaughterer||19,400 ZAR||-34%|
|Cafeteria Manager||29,500 ZAR||-0%|
|Cake Decorator||21,700 ZAR||-27%|
|Casino Shift Manager||37,500 ZAR||+27%|
|Chain Store Customer Support||25,600 ZAR||-14%|
|Club Manager||36,500 ZAR||+23%|
|Cluster Director||41,800 ZAR||+41%|
|Cluster Revenue Manager||39,700 ZAR||+34%|
|Cocktail Server||18,700 ZAR||-37%|
|Coffee Shop Manager||36,400 ZAR||+23%|
|Confectionery Baker||22,600 ZAR||-24%|
|Conference Services Manager||27,100 ZAR||-8%|
|Corporate Sous Chef||32,900 ZAR||+11%|
|Corporate Travel Consultant||28,400 ZAR||-4%|
|Culinary Assistant||20,900 ZAR||-29%|
|Culinary Associate||22,500 ZAR||-24%|
|Dietary Aide||24,700 ZAR||-17%|
|Dining Room Supervisor||29,800 ZAR||+1%|
|Duty Manager||31,300 ZAR||+6%|
|Events Coordinator||25,200 ZAR||-15%|
|Executive Chef||29,600 ZAR||-0%|
|Executive Pastry Chef||24,300 ZAR||-18%|
|Fast Food Cook||25,900 ZAR||-13%|
|Fast Food Shift Supervisor||27,600 ZAR||-7%|
|Fine Dining Cook||31,000 ZAR||+5%|
|Fine Dining Restaurant Chef||31,800 ZAR||+7%|
|Fleet Manager||34,000 ZAR||+15%|
|Food and Beverage Manager||35,400 ZAR||+20%|
|Food Consultant||37,200 ZAR||+26%|
|Food Safety Coordinator||30,500 ZAR||+3%|
|Food Server||17,800 ZAR||-40%|
|Food Service Director||32,100 ZAR||+8%|
|Food Service Manager||35,500 ZAR||+20%|
|Food Service Sales||28,200 ZAR||-5%|
|Food Service Worker||20,200 ZAR||-32%|
|Front Desk Agent||23,400 ZAR||-21%|
|Front Office Manager||31,000 ZAR||+5%|
|Guest Service Executive||35,500 ZAR||+20%|
|Guest Service Representative||24,000 ZAR||-19%|
|Head Concierge||25,600 ZAR||-14%|
|Hospitality Director||49,400 ZAR||+67%|
|Hostess / Host||24,000 ZAR||-19%|
|Hotel Desk Clerk||19,300 ZAR||-35%|
|Hotel Maid||14,100 ZAR||-52%|
|Hotel Manager||45,800 ZAR||+55%|
|Hotel Sales Manager||40,300 ZAR||+36%|
|Hotel Service Supervisor||31,800 ZAR||+7%|
|Hotel Staff||23,800 ZAR||-20%|
|Inventory Coordinator||21,800 ZAR||-26%|
|Kitchen Manager||27,200 ZAR||-8%|
|Kitchen Staff||21,000 ZAR||-29%|
|Kitchen Supervisor||26,700 ZAR||-10%|
|Line Cook||26,400 ZAR||-11%|
|Luggage Porter||12,800 ZAR||-57%|
|Motel Manager||31,500 ZAR||+6%|
|Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant||16,400 ZAR||-45%|
|Production Operator||18,000 ZAR||-39%|
|Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator||22,200 ZAR||-25%|
|Regional Restaurant Manager||40,200 ZAR||+36%|
|Restaurant Manager||37,100 ZAR||+25%|
|Room Reservations Manager||33,600 ZAR||+13%|
|Room Service Manager||33,700 ZAR||+14%|
|Sous Chef||25,800 ZAR||-13%|
|Supervisor of Food Services||29,800 ZAR||+1%|
|Tour Consultant||29,700 ZAR||+0%|
|Travel Agent||25,500 ZAR||-14%|
|Travel Consultant||30,200 ZAR||+2%|
|Waiter / Waitress||18,800 ZAR||-37%|
|Cape Town||31,300 ZAR|
|Port Elizabeth||26,000 ZAR|